“The Road To Greatness”

Speaker: Dr. Leah E. White, Pastor
Text: Matthew 23:1-13
Occasion: Sunday Morning Service
Date: December 3, 2011

11 (L)But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 (M)Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

4:1 I beg you-I, a prisoner here in jail for serving the Lord-to live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these. 2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another.
4 We are all parts of one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. 5 For us there is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and we all have the same God and Father who is over us all and in us all, and living through every part of us.

The Road to Greatness
Why is being called a “SERVANT” the highest honor? I’m glad you asked. “The Road of a Servant is the Road to Greatness.

I. First being a servant is about obedience.
Jesus said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

II. Secondly, the road to greatness is not only paved by obedience, but it’s paved by our service to others.
Jesus reminds us, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.“ Matt 20:28 NIV

III. The road to greatness must be paved with openness.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,“ declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8-9 8 NIV

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